Will George Negus remain as host of his programme in 2012?
That’s what many media have been wondering following TEN’s 2012 Programming Launch two weeks ago.
TEN confirmed the show would return, but as The Australian notes today, TEN’s Press Release was astutely worded: “George and the 6:30 team will be back in 2012”. Of all the shows detailed on the release, it was the only one not named as its full title in bold type.
Last week programming Chief David Mott told The Age, ”I’m not always happy with the content. Some days I am but some days I think they’ve missed a beat. Some days I think we’re too heavy on Afghanistan and we need to be a little more populist with content. We don’t want diet-fad stories but we need to be a little more accessible.”
The Carl Katter scoop last week netted the show some of its best publicity in weeks, but the figures didn’t reflect it, mainly because there was little advance publicity. Presumably the scoop interview fell into their lap late in the proceedings.
Recently the show has also trialled Hamish MacDonald in the host seat but again the numbers didn’t show any marked improvement. Despite MacDonald being considered a good performer, it may take more sustained change for that to happen.
Another option on host switcheroos could be Hugh Riminton, who is well known to audiences for his years with TEN and Nine.
If Negus were to vacate the host chair and return to his former stomping ground of filing stories, it wouldn’t be unprecedented. Mike Munro has recently left the hosting to Chris Bath on Sunday Night, preferring to get back to journalism rather than reading the autocue.
Time will tell whether 6:30 will still be with or without George Negus as host.